Organizational Structure

The diocese is administered by a bishop and will have the following organs.

  1. Bishop – is in charge of administrating the whole diocese, provide blessing to the clerics and followers found under the diocese, exert his maximum effort to expand religious doctrine.
  2. Manager –in the absence of the bishop shall administer the assembly, transfer the regulations of the holy synods to the concerned body, lead the activities of the office, coordinate, employ workers under a permission of the diocese, carryout the correspondence activities of the diocese, communicate with various organs, prepare plans of the diocese along with departments follow up the performance, prepare quarter and annual report.
  3. Gospel and apostles service department
    Expanding gospel and preaching, training spiritual teachers, assigning spiritual teachers, preparing apostles travels, coordinating assembles and facilitating the situation to strengthen ties among the church are the core duties of the department.
  4. Sunday School Department/division
    Organizing Sunday schools, leading as well as administrating the organized Sunday schools through the constitutions of the  church, developing spiritual life for the young followers through various activities, enabling smooth spiritual songs to the young singers, providing young Christian followers to attend Abinet School and transfer to clergy , preparing programs for children, preparing educational materials, facilitating a situation so that children can learn their religious asset, value, tradition, language, facilitating a situation so that mothers can have the right place in the church service are the core activities of the department.
  5. Finance and Budget Department
    Follow up financial usage and expenditure, collect funds for the church, lay down methods for which funds can be secured, effecting various payments inline with the financial accounting law and the constitution are the core activities of finance and budget department.
  6. Treasure Department
    Preparing spiritual meetings encouraging visitors to visit Ethiopia and the church in to that effect facilitating smooth situation, making church history as well as heritage to be recorded and preserved, preparing annual holidays, festivals and other traditional events.
  7. Legal Department: carrying out legal activities regarding to the church, preserving the right of the church before the law, analyzing and balancing the church constitution with the state law.
  8. Auditing Department: this section is in charge of following up the income and expense of the financial matters as well as properties of the diocese which is to be collected from different directions.
  9. Cashier Department: This section is in charge of checking the fund secured based on the document to be issued from the accounting section and after ensuring its correctness deposed in to the bank as well as it is responsible for effecting workers salary as well as various expenses when permission is given from the concerned body by withdrawing money from the bank.
  10. Welfere Department: this section is responsible to coordinate various aid providing individuals as well as charities and provide support to the destitute and needy.
  11. Property Section: this section is responsible to preserve properties which are given to the church through donation, conduct a study to point out methods of financial income and preserve available property as well as finance.
  12. Clergy Administration Department: this section is responsible clergy administration matters and huge public as well as special events and programs.
  13. Parish Department: this section is responsible to coordinate and parties so that parishes can be founded in any churches.
  14. Record and File Section: this section is responsible to record correspondence letters as historical documents in a careful way.
  15. General Service Section:
  16. District Church: this is administered by Like Kahnat and the purpose is to coordinate spiritual service in some limited area.

History

Addis Ababa Diocese has been establish next to Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Secretariat office based on the church structure in the  capital city of the country and is undertaking its activity. The office is a huge which carryout multi-dimensional activities in a strengthen way. Previously Addis Ababa Diocese was named as ShoaHagereSibket up to 1981 and it compromise including Addis Ababa 12 regions.To mention some:

 

  1. Menagesha region
  2. Fiche Silassie region
  3. Jibate and Mecha region
  4. Chobogurage region
  5. Kenbata region
  6. YererKoreyo region
  7. ZewayAdami Tulu region
  8. Month and Gishe region
  9. Merhabete region
  10. Tegulet and Bulga region
  11. Yefat and Tumuga region

Previously, through the good will of Ethiopian Orthodox TewahidoChurch and emperors individuals were used to be send to Eskndria in order to be appointed bishop title. The first Ethiopian be shop was Aba Fermenatos and his title was “Archbishop of Axum and the whole Ethiopia” after him it was decided that Ethiopian Orthodox Church shall be administered under Eskndria Church Holy Synods having one diocese. This lasts for more than 1000 years during the era of emperor Zeriakob in 1438 Abunegebrieal was appointed by the Egyptian Patriarch John the 14th to be an Archbishop of Shoa Diocese. Next during the era of emperor Yohannes in 1874 Abunematios was appointed to be an Archbishop of Shoa Diocese.

The mentioned bishops and Archbishops have served the diocese during their term. Ethiopian Orthodox TewahidoChurch began to establish its own diocese when a patriarch was appointed from Ethiopia in 1943. The first Ethiopian Patriarch was His Holiness AbuneBasleyos,AbuneGorgorios the 1st was appointed to be an Archbishop of Shoa for the first time. Following this shoa diocese was used to be administered by a considerable number of Sagas and religious elite as a manager. When population increased and towns expand in 1981 Addis Ababa diocese was founded and beginning from that period till now it is administrating Addis Ababa church minsters/servants and priests.

For instance, out of the managers who have administered and still administrating Addis Ababa in a bishop level are:

  • Abune Gorgorios2nd
  • Abune Bernabas
  • Abune Yakob
  • Abune Matias
  • Abune Mekarios
  • Abune Epifanios
  • Abune Lukas
  • Abune Samuel
  • Abune Kewsetos
  • Abune Hizkiel and Abune danail
  • Abune Estifanos
  • Abune kelemtos

As a manager

  • Like KahenatSinkeDebela
  • MelakeSelamGohaTsibah W/Hawariat
  • Like Seltanat Abba GebremrialmAtsibeha
  • Like Seltanat Abba G/Mariam Feleke (AbuneFilipos)
  • Like Kahnat Haile SilassieAlemayehu
  • Like KahnatBirhanu G/Amanuel
  • MelakeSelam Abba G/Michael Beyene (AbuneEstifanos)
  • Like KahnatHailesilassieAlemayehu
  • MelakeSelam Aba G/Michael  Beyene (AbuneEstifanos)
  • Like SeyoumanRadeAsres
  • Melakegenet Abba HailemariamMewded
  • AlekaMekonnen G/Medhin
  • Memhir Abba Tekeste W/Samuel (Abune Samuel)
  • MelakeTsehay Abba TeklehiwotMahtsentu
  • Like MamranMekuriaDesalegn
  • Like MamranFantahunMuche
  • Nebred Abba G/Silassie
  • Nebred Elias Abrehaare
  • like Hiruian Sertse Abebe,Melake Tsion Abba Hiruy,Nibured Abba Yohans and melake selam Dawit yared(when Diocese divided in to 4 dioceses )
  • Megabe Hadis Yilma Chernet
  • Like Alelaf Belay Mekonnen
  • like Maemiran Yemane zemenfeskidus
  • Mr.Goitom Yainu(The Current General Manager of the Diocese) some of them that we can mention with. Monasteries as well as Churches which are administered under Addis Ababa Diocese become increased from time to time and at present it administered more than 172 monasteries as well as Churches and religious followers which goes to millions and priests of thousands as well as different employees. The diocese with its multi activity and administration tasks is also exerting its maximum effort to participate in the state social, public, administrational as well as developmental activities.

Specially before three years, in order to restructure the diocese with efficient, speedy as well as modern working procedure an activity was carried out Abune Samuel with the good will of His Holiness AbunePaulos. Following this a three story modern building was able to be constructed which is very attractive.

The modern building place its role in facilitating and making the working procedures of monasteries as well as Churches to be smoothes and put its base for the Ethiopian Orthodox TewahidoChurch Followers to follow a modern working procedure, efficient, well aware, transparency and accountability working procedures. This put its interesting base for surfacing a modern working procedure leaving behind the backward working procedure.

Addis Ababa has diocese was divided in to 4 dioceses which were North, South, East and West dioceses.

Now The diocese has become to one and the Previous sttucture which is Addis Ababa diocese.

Mission and Vision of the Diocese

Vision

  • To lead churches which are found in Addis Ababa appropriately, teach the religious followers and enable to receive spiritual service in the required way under the structure of the church, surface good administration in monasteries and diocese so that to actualize equitable as well as strong economy in the church and to strengthen the overall spiritual as well as social status of the church.

Mission

  • To enable religious followers aware of their spiritual assets, values, tradition and make them to keep it up.
  • To expand worshiping as well as disciplinary activities of the church.
  • To enable the property and assets of the church to be used for the intended purpose in accordance with the law and relation of the church.
  • To make the atheist who are found in Addis Ababa to join the church to follow up the religious activity.
  • To enable the church to play its role in the social economic and historical formation of the country in equivalent to the church’s history and greatness.
  • To ensure the rights and obligations of priests.
  • To facilitate a situation so that the religious followers of the church could be able to serve the church through their knowledge, finance and labor.
  • To improve the church ministers/servants living standard.
  • To mould the youth in disciplined and developmental mentality.
  • To strengthen Sunday school.

Objective

  • To surface transparency in the diocese, accountability good governance as well as financial usage procedure/administration.
  • Through boosting the economical status of the church to a high level strengthen the living standards of the ministers (employees).

Goal

  • By eliminating any bad working practices and backward attitudes and to double the annual income of the church, improve the living standards of the servants who are engaged in the monastery and other places which are under the church

Background of the Diocese

In accordance with Ethiopian Orthodox Church Constitution (Kaleawdi) chapter six, Article 38 up to 45, next to the secretariat office, it is essential for the unity of the church to establish a diocese and working to actualize its church doctrine in line with the church structure.

As it has been stipulated in the constitution of the church (kalewadi) Article forty three, no one except “The secretariat office of the bishop is in charge of administrating of the monasteries which are located under the diocese, spiritual assemblies which are established in different level as well as to the district churches”. The English term “diocese” comes from a Greek term ‘dioikesis to mean to a subject to the jurisdiction of a bishop.

Diocese was first implemented while the holy apostles divided the holy doctrine of the Lord and began to preach. The holy apostles have exerted all what is the required to teach the doctrine regardless of the problem they face. Through the diocese they were assigned, they have built a church, teach followers, appoint priests and Deacon and preach the holy sculpture. This can be testified through the noble acts and teachings of St. Peter In Ronne diocese, John in the small Asian diocese, Thomas in India diocese, Markos in Eskindirya.

Through the good will and for sighted vision of Ethiopian Emperor and people the first title of bishop was given in ferminatos diocese in Eskindria as “Bishop of Axum as the whole Ethiopia”. Then after, Ethiopian church has stayed for more than one thousand years under Eskindria church Holy Synod as one diocese.  At different times since more than onebishops had been appointed to serve Ethiopian church, it indicate that there were more than one diocese. During the era of emperor Zera Yaqob, in 1438 two bishops came to Ethiopia being appointed by the Egyptian Patriarch John the 14th. The bishops were Aba Michael for Amhara, Abune Gebriel to Shewa Diocese.

During the era of emperor Yohanes, in 1874, four bishops came from Egypt: Abune Petros had been appointed as an Ethiopian arch bishop, Abune Matiwos Shewa bishop, Abune Lukas of Gojam, Abune Markos of Bigemdir diocese. In a book written by Tsehafi Teazaz “Tarike zemen Zedagmawi Minilik” it had been stated the diocese of Abune Matiyos “Shewa beyond Beshelo,Yeju, Wadla, Delantan, Dawnten, Girameketen, Begemdir Mejan, Sedin, Fegoran, Chihran, Dembian, Armachiho, Mereban, Janfekeran, Janwaron, Kolawegera, Tegedie, Welkayt”.

During the era of emperor Hailesilassie, while Ethiopia gets its first bishop, the proclamation enacted Article one “the arch bishop of the whole Ethiopia shall be assumed by Abune Kerlos, south was given to Abune Sawros, west to Abune Abraham, east to Abune Petros, north to Abune Yishak, to be administered”.
This proclamation stated in detail the diocese region of each bishop rests and their seat town.

During the Italian aggression, the Egyptian Abune Kerlos returned back to his mother country and Ethiopian sages and bishops gathered and have appointed  Abune Abraham to be an arch bishop and other five bishops. Following this, new diocese had been established. Abune Yohanes had been appointed to be a bishop of Shoa, while Abune Markos of Eritrea, Abune Matiyos of Wollo, Abune Gebrial of Gondar and Abune Lukas of Welega.
Ethiopian church began to establish it’s over diocese when she get patriarch from Ethiopia.

In 1943 the first Ethiopian patriarch was his holiness Abune Baseleyus; Abune Tadios for Gure, Abune Gabriel for Wollo, Abune Markos for Eritrea, Abune Philipos for Israel, Abune Gorgorios for Kefa were appointed to be bishops. This indicates that new diocese were founded. In 1948 Tigray province was established at the level of diocese and bishop was appointed.

According to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church history, the number of diocese increases from time to time. As Abune Gorgorios stated in his book entitled “the history of Ethiopian church” the number of diocese in 1974 reached to nineteen. At present as the book written by patriarch secretariat office stated in a written document entitled “the history of Ethiopian church from the birth of Christ up to 2000” there are a total of 48 diocese out of which 40 are locally while 8 are abroad.

 

Duties of the diocese

The diocese carried out activities representing the church to preserve the religious asset and values, to alleviate misuse of assets of the church starting from Christ, to expand gospel, to provide support for monasteries and churches, construct churches, facilitate a situation so that the followers receive the appropriate service, to preserve the legal rights of the church to enable the service of the church smooth and well organized, to administer clergy administration and service in accordance with the church rules and the law of the state, to preserve and maintain the assets of the church and property in accordance with the law and procedure, to enable the followers receive the appropriate church service are some of the core activities of the diocese.

 

 

 What is the importance of strengthning the Diocese?

  1. Apostleactivity is guides the church activity the procedure and its system is apostles our fathers have preached gospel and expand the religion by establishing diocese. Because of this it is religious duty to establish firms which provide Christian service and doctrine in a strengthen way.
  2. To preserve the church Dogma, Kenona and Tuwfit in a smooth way. The church Doguma assets and values through smooth reserve fund to be used for churches, clergy and followers in making collaborating.
  3. To strengthen the unity of the church and cooperation by accepting a regulation from the diocese to govern churches which are found in Addis Ababa Diocese. Because of this a central body is necessary to be established to coordinate, collaborate and create ties so that to work churches jointly.
  4. To create smooth situation in the overall activities of economical relation of the church. The religious relationships which are to be created among the church for any other social and economical cooperation, churches cannot work representing the holy synods. This is because the relationship of communication should be done through the bishop. In order to organize the relationship and keep its grade as well as make it efficient a diocese which works in equality is required.
  5. To support monasteries as well as churches which are found in rural and urban: in order to support and provide the necessary help to the monasteries as well parishes which are scattered it should be in coordinated and smooth way by facilitating a situation for the support provision in a central and organized way. To this effect an organ who follow up the activity is required. This organ should coordinate the contribution of the diocese, establish a close tie within the patriarch office and execute the activities. Because of this the concerned body based on the church constitution is the diocese.
  6. To coordinate various services: intending to bring unity and cooperation for the church service considerable number of organized associations, firms as well as voluntary undertakings are available. Those associations and units are below the limits and scopes being intended because of this an organ or body who coordinate and provide support is necessary. In order to make the services of those associations smooth, successful and in line with the church rules, there is no better organization or firm than the diocese unless the diocese organize and install its service line in appropriate way the services and activities of those diocese will be unsuccessful.
  7. To bring Ethiopia people to the church: it is one of our responsibility to bring Ethiopian or be it non Ethiopians to the church by preaching the gospel and baptizing them. Those individuals should accept the church after believing its doctrine and procedure. It should not be limited only by bringing those individuals to the church rather it is important to teach the doctrine of the church and actualize what is the required. In order to realize this it is necessary to have an organ which communicates among the monastery, parish church and schools as well as holy synods. For this purpose it is important to strengthen the diocese.
  8. To establish monasteries and training centers as well as to administer them: in order to announce the new generation with the monastery life and its procedure to make prayers to get holy water and forget yourself from the stress, anxiety and unrest of this world, it is important to have and administer monasteries and establishing training centers which have a relation the same. For this effect, a diocese which administers and supervises the overall activities of clergy, deacon and spiritual teachers is necessary